Pastoral Post 5.20.2016

I have come to love Pentecost over the years. It was fun this past Sunday to see so many people wearing red, symbolizing the Spirit that is upon each and every one of us! And it is always exciting and rewarding to receive the confirmation class into membership. Congratulations to our new confirmands!

You probably haven’t seen much in the media about the General Conference in Portland, OR. That may change this week, as they will be voting on major decisions, and the media will latch on to what they perceive to be the hot topics.  See below for links for kinds of information.

I will be taking some down time the next couple of weeks, but I’ll write up some kind of recap for you when I’m back in the saddle.

One regrettable piece of information from General Conference—Bishop Ken Carter, our former district superintendent, fell one hour before the opening of General Conference and severely injured his knee. He has had surgery and remains in the hospital in Portland. Please keep him in your prayers.

Wilson Strickhausen will preach for you this Sunday. (His next to last sermon as our Associate Pastor. He will preach again on June 19.) He tells me he will be preaching this Sunday on the story from John 12:1-8, where Mary of Bethany anointed Jesus’ feet and wiped them with her hair. Read the story and ponder it ahead, and I’m sure Wilson will give you great insights and inspiration. You’ll have the privilege of hearing Becky Brown preaching on May 29, when there will also be a special girls’ choir.

Several years ago we began Community Impact Day, and since we’ve sent hundreds of volunteers who have put in thousands of hours of community service, witnessing to our belief that we are called to serve in the community. Let’s don the red shirts again on June 4 and support some of this community’s amazing helping agencies. Or sign up to bake cookies, which will be delivered to our fire and police officers and other public servants.

And mark your calendar for June 5. Our annual Pig Pickin’ that evening will honor the students, families, and staff of Central Elementary School. We’ll miss our partner school and want to express our support and appreciation to the Central family.

See you soon!

Sandy

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